Can Psychotherapy or Counselling help?
I am Maria Bellis and welcome to my web site. I am an accredited Counsellor and Gestalt Psychotherapist based in south Bristol. I work with people who wish to improve how they feel when they experience sadness, anxiety, frustration or dissatisfaction about issues in their lives.
If you are wanting clarity and understanding about a problem, seeking healing and recovery from a past or present experience, wanting to be more yourself in some way or to get more satisfaction out of life, psychotherapy and counselling can be useful to you in enabling the change you seek.
Many people resolve their issues through their own efforts and may have tried counselling before but if you feel your efforts have not brought the results you want you may benefit from further work. Working with a Therapist is about creating a positive, supportive relationship with someone skilled and trained to help you find the resolution you seek.
You do not have to have a complex issue or ‘need therapy’ to work with me as psychotherapy can work on many levels. I often work with people who have gained an understanding of their issues but choose to have deeper more focused work. They want to move on from feeling stuck or being in repeated patterns to develop a real sense of choice and enablement.
I am an accredited Counsellor (NCS), Gestalt Psychotherapist (UKCP), and a registered Member of BACP (see More About Me page). You can contact me, without obligation, if you would like to get an idea of how I can work with you to resolve your issues. See What to do next below.. I am also approved for work with clients of Aviva and Axa PPP healthcare.
Finding A Way
Life has a habit of sending us the unexpected or personally challenging that may lead you to question yourself or feel uncertain about what to do. I work holistically and collaboratively which means you have a say in your journey to increase clarity, build resilience and improve choices.
I work on many levels with a variety of issues and complexity. I have been in private practice for several years. I also have over 30 years knowledge gained from listening to many life stories and experiences as an adult care social worker (More About Me).
What is Gestalt Psychotherapy
Gestalt Therapists believe that people are born with the resources and ability to lead satisfying and creative lives but that life experiences may interrupt this process. By increasing your awareness, resolving any 'unfinished business' and re-framing any negative or self-limited thinking you can respond to challenges in ways that work better for you.
I find change can be very rewarding though sometimes not easy. Sometimes we may have to look at ourselves more deeply or challenge ourselves about how we relate to the world. Whatever you need I provide support at your pace through this process.
What to do next?
Whether you have a short-term goal or long term issues, I welcome enquiries to find out more as I understand it is important to find a therapist who feels right for you. Reading My Blog will give you some idea about how I think and work as a therapist. The next step would be for us to talk more about what you want.